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Casual Friday: We’re Hiring, Our FINAL Exterior Direction, How to commit to furniture, The Fourth, Staycation and MORE!

July 5, 2019

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• We’re Hiring! Jordan is moving back to Utah (to pursue a relationship–we’re cheering for them but will miss Jordan terribly!) and we’re looking for a new in-house Visual Media Producer. (Videographer/Photographer + An eye for graphic design is helpful for this too!) This is a full-time, in house, salaried position. If this sounds like something you’re interested in, check out the job posting here and apply!

• I know we’ve been all over when it comes to exterior directions over the past month, but this week inspiration from architect Jeffrey Dungan hit hard. And we decided we can’t not do dark exterior + dark cedar siding + stone. And black windows inside and out (basically a take on our number 3 from this post where we photoshopped a bunch of exteriors!)

When I saw it, it felt like a lightbulb going off. It felt like this home. It felt like a cottage, but like our version of it. Of course this is an inspiration photo and not exactly our home, and we’ll make tweaks to suit us, but we’re excited to move forward with this inspiration as our guide.

• We had a really good question come in through the comments section of this post about committing to purchasing a piece furniture. When to stop looking and commit already:

Q: How do you commit and move forward? We bought a big house that needs a lot of furnishing, but I am stuck!! I make a mood board and love it, but then cannot commit, because I find something else I love! ???? And, how do you keep it cohesive without being matchy? Are there things you commit to and you stick with it throughout the process?

Here are my thoughts on the subject:

A: Here’s what I’ve learned. If you like something and you can visualize it with other pieces in the space (a mood board really works well for this)–commit! There is not just one perfect piece of furniture out there. You’re going to like a lot. And that will only confuse you more. If it fits in your budget and you like the way it looks and it looks good with other pieces for the space–what more could you want?

This illustrator is such a fun follow.

• Yesterday marked one month in our house and it was so fun to host a bunch of family and friends for the 4th of July. We did it without a speck of new paint or barely any furniture inside and it was our favorite fourth yet. We did buy some new outdoor furniture and I’m obsessed with it! (We bought two of these chairs and this sofa and I just went back for a second because there’s plenty of room for it and it’s all on sale right now! They are so comfortable!)  It’s amazing what a holiday in a new home will do. It solidified it as ours. We made so many memories and were able to carry on traditions (our 5th fourth of July with the Pugmires with the best driveway fireworks show) and we went to bed so, so happy. It was the first night we slept like it was our home.

This corn hole game was such a crowd pleaser yesterday! And I love the simple design of it!

• We launched a new Propertee just in time to declare your summer plans. STAYCATION is now available in a heathered mint tee, flowy muscle tank and soft white sweatshirt here!

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  1. Alissa Ferry says:

    I breathed a genuine sigh of relief when I read this. Number 3 is true to your style, and I don’t mean that in a predictable way. Your style is different, beautiful, and breathtaking, yet relatable. The other options felt too safe, easy, and predictable compared to what I’ve come to love from CLJ!

  2. Nicole says:

    Love where the exterior is going!! I voted for 3 but preferred black windows & soffits/fascia like the #3 inspo pic. Can’t wait to watch the transformation process!

  3. Leah says:

    What outdoor umbrella did you buy? We are having trouble deciding on something and want it to be sturdy

  4. Cassie says:

    I’m so so glad to you see that you are going dark! It feels so true to you guys and I was feeling confused and bummed when number 3 didn’t seem to be in your top favorites! It’s going to be so stunning <3

  5. Lindsay Cleveland says:

    Have you ever seen the Forest Modern house from It is very similar to the dark Gary and rock house you linked here. Dark gray with rock. It is gorgeous.

  6. Emily says:

    The inspiration photo is so good. This is your style. All the other mockups just weren’t right (pretty but not a good fit), but this I can get behind.

  7. Jordan says:

    I love that you’re going dark – it’s a nod to the cabin in a way.

  8. Brie says:

    Hi Julia! Is there a certain app or program you would recommend to use for a mood board? Thanks!

    • Julia says:

      I use Photoshop myself!

    • Bryn says:

      I’m not sure how computer savvy you are, so forgive me if this is offensive (!), but I don’t have Photoshop and have used PowerPoint to create some quick and dirty mood boards as most computers have that on it!

  9. Patricia says:

    We had a 1930 brick Tudor Revival and we painted our trim the darkest charcoal gray we could find and we loved it. This was way before pinterest so we drove around old neighborhoods checking out all the Tudors we could find. Never found anything exactly like what I wanted so we went for it. And it still looks good decades later.

  10. We’re starting the first phase of painting our exterior black!! (well deep charcoal and black) We have a 1908 Tudor revival but think this fresh trend will keep the home classic but current. Looking forward to your interpretation!

  11. Alana says:

    Yay!! That’s the one I voted for! Can’t wait to see the transformation!

  12. Susan Clark says:

    I’m so so so glad you are going dark, which I consider staying with your style! I hadn’t finished copying all your inspiring work in my own home yet! And still have the exterior to paint!

  13. Em says:

    Gorgeous inspiration! Would you mind sharing the source of your cantilever umbrella?

  14. Jen says:

    Oh my that is so exciting about the architect. I clicked over to his page and the first picture that came up seemed like totally your vibe. Heart eyes!! Can’t wait to see what you do.

  15. Katie says:

    Hello! Where is your patio umbrella from, and are you happy with it? We are looking to purchase one that style and are seeing reviews that are all over the place!

  16. Sarah C says:

    Awwww yeah! I voted no. 3 and just couldn’t see y’all in most of the other options. I also know that mock up won’t be exactly what y’all do so I can’t wait to see how the exterior develops. Super pumped! I love everything CLJ does! Enjoy the rest of the holiday weekend!

  17. Lindsey says:

    I just bought the same outdoor sofa and chairs too! They won’t be delivered for another couple of weeks but I was so happy to see your glowing review. And LOVE your inspiration for the exterior of your home. Can’t wait to see the progress!

  18. Kim says:

    Yassssss! I totally voted for the black. It’s going to look great! We have a red two story house and I would love to do black windows and trim on the outside, but it’s not in our budget.

  19. Colleen says:

    I’m so excited to see your inspiration photo – it definitely seems like a better fit for your family than any of the options that were on the prior poll. Hands down, if one based on that picture was in the poll I would have voted for it as well! :) Curious – would the plan be to leave stone as is, or to redo so that the two different types are replaced with a new one?

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